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Lately, I’ve been thinking about the word balance. We refer to a well-balanced life as one with equilibrium between work, family and recreation.
Lately, I’ve been thinking about the word balance. We refer to a well-balanced life as one with equilibrium between work, family and recreation.
 
HB755, also known as the Parents’ Bill of Rights, isn’t the most egregious legislation to ever pass our General Assembly. That crown will forever belong to HB2, the so-called bathroom bill.
HB755, also known as the Parents’ Bill of Rights, isn’t the most egregious legislation to ever pass our General Assembly. That crown will forever belong to HB2, the so-called bathroom bill.
 
Bob Gibson was in the second wave of troops storming Normandy’s beaches on D-day. Now 100 and wheelchair bound, NBC Nightly News filmed his return 78 years later.
Bob Gibson was in the second wave of troops storming Normandy’s beaches on D-day. Now 100 and wheelchair bound, NBC Nightly News filmed his return 78 years later.
 
Each Sunday morning during spring, summer and early fall The Oriental United Methodist Church has services on the riverfront.
Each Sunday morning during spring, summer and early fall The Oriental United Methodist Church has services on the riverfront.
 
The first day of class the law professor strode into the room. The first thing he did was ask for the name of a student sitting in the front row.
The first day of class the law professor strode into the room. The first thing he did was ask for the name of a student sitting in the front row.
 
Pundits and politicos like to talk about “mainstream” or “main street” Republicans, as if they made up a significant percentage of today’s GOP.
Pundits and politicos like to talk about “mainstream” or “main street” Republicans, as if they made up a significant percentage of today’s GOP.
 
When lawmakers return to Raleigh May 18th for the “short” session they will be greeted by good news.
When lawmakers return to Raleigh May 18th for the “short” session they will be greeted by good news.
 
Some of us still haven’t put the 2020 elections to bed even as early voting has started for the 2022 Primary Elections.
Some of us still haven’t put the 2020 elections to bed even as early voting has started for the 2022 Primary Elections.
 
North Carolina is neither a red state, nor blue. It is increasingly becoming a gray state. In 1960 our state’s median age was 25.5 years.
North Carolina is neither a red state, nor blue. It is increasingly becoming a gray state. In 1960 our state’s median age was 25.5 years.
 
Sure as Christmas falls on December 25th you can count on a legion of political candidates taking to the airwaves declaring they feel compelled to serve the public, pledging to listen to and follow the will of the people.
Sure as Christmas falls on December 25th you can count on a legion of political candidates taking to the airwaves declaring they feel compelled to serve the public, pledging to listen to and follow the will of the people.
 
Fishing, farming and forestry have historic foundations in our state. We also have a history of migration, moving from easternmost to increasingly westward locations.
Fishing, farming and forestry have historic foundations in our state. We also have a history of migration, moving from easternmost to increasingly westward locations.
 
Our teachers must feel like they are wearing a bullseye on their backs. There aren’t many who have their backs these days, and those who do aren’t speaking loudly in support.
Our teachers must feel like they are wearing a bullseye on their backs. There aren’t many who have their backs these days, and those who do aren’t speaking loudly in support.
 
Once again, we see that justice is not blind in North Carolina; it is tainted by partisanship. If it please the court or, more importantly you, let me argue my case.
Once again, we see that justice is not blind in North Carolina; it is tainted by partisanship. If it please the court or, more importantly you, let me argue my case.
 
Those of us who live in or regularly spend time along North Carolina’s coast recognize there are five drivers attracting and contributing to the region: tourism, the military, farming, forestry and fishing.
Those of us who live in or regularly spend time along North Carolina’s coast recognize there are five drivers attracting and contributing to the region: tourism, the military, farming, forestry and fishing.
 
On March 10th our General Assembly adjourned a session that spanned 14 months, starting in January of 2021.
On March 10th our General Assembly adjourned a session that spanned 14 months, starting in January of 2021.
 
It should have come as no surprise that the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the maps approved by North Carolina’s high court.
It should have come as no surprise that the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the maps approved by North Carolina’s high court.
 
Since 2015 North Carolina has netted more than 110,000 new residents per year, one of the fastest growing of all the states.
Since 2015 North Carolina has netted more than 110,000 new residents per year, one of the fastest growing of all the states.
 
For more than 20 years the Gallup organization has polled Americans on 29 aspects of life, asking if respondents are very happy, pretty happy or not too happy.
For more than 20 years the Gallup organization has polled Americans on 29 aspects of life, asking if respondents are very happy, pretty happy or not too happy.
 
Public schools have long been under the microscope and deservedly so, since they receive a large amount of our tax dollars and involve our most precious assets - our children
Public schools have long been under the microscope and deservedly so, since they receive a large amount of our tax dollars and involve our most precious assets - our children
 
The Supreme Court decision that redistricting maps be redrawn to more accurately reflect the makeup of our state has five takeaways.
The Supreme Court decision that redistricting maps be redrawn to more accurately reflect the makeup of our state has five takeaways.
 
There was a time – admittedly years ago – when North Carolinians would have risen in loud, unified protests over rigged elections.
There was a time – admittedly years ago – when North Carolinians would have risen in loud, unified protests over rigged elections.
 
Who knew I had so many friends worried about my car’s warranty? Before Christmas it felt like a horde calling to warn me.
Who knew I had so many friends worried about my car’s warranty? Before Christmas it felt like a horde calling to warn me.
 
Omicron is spreading faster than Kudzu, especially among our children.
Omicron is spreading faster than Kudzu, especially among our children.
 
If asked to identify a symbol for justice most of us would picture a blindfolded Lady Liberty holding aloft a balance scale in one hand and a sword in the other.
If asked to identify a symbol for justice most of us would picture a blindfolded Lady Liberty holding aloft a balance scale in one hand and a sword in the other.
 
Having lived through the past couple of years, you will no doubt agree with the 1983 Anne Murray song, “We Sure Could Use a Little Good News Today.” I’m happy to oblige with some.
Having lived through the past couple of years, you will no doubt agree with the 1983 Anne Murray song, “We Sure Could Use a Little Good News Today.” I’m happy to oblige with some.
 
A wearied North Carolina faces a third year of the pandemic with resignation and hope.
A wearied North Carolina faces a third year of the pandemic with resignation and hope.
 
Over the past few days it has felt like we were ending 2021 where we started it, in the throes of a spiking pandemic.
Over the past few days it has felt like we were ending 2021 where we started it, in the throes of a spiking pandemic.
 
North Carolina, like the nation, has a political history which can be likened to a huge pendulum.
North Carolina, like the nation, has a political history which can be likened to a huge pendulum.
 
Face it. Everyone has someone on their list for whom it is difficult to shop. What do they like? Is it the right color or size? Do they already have it?
Face it. Everyone has someone on their list for whom it is difficult to shop. What do they like? Is it the right color or size? Do they already have it?
 
James W. Frick had a head full of Carolina common sense. Born in New Bern, in 1924, he was raised in a Catholic orphanage and graduated from Notre Dame.
James W. Frick had a head full of Carolina common sense. Born in New Bern, in 1924, he was raised in a Catholic orphanage and graduated from Notre Dame.
 
After last year's lockdown it's great to once again gather with family for the holidays.
After last year's lockdown it's great to once again gather with family for the holidays.
 
Maybe you remember the classic 1975 film, Network, where the anchor Howard Beale, throws open a window and shouts, "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore."
Maybe you remember the classic 1975 film, Network, where the anchor Howard Beale, throws open a window and shouts, "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore."
 
You’ve had your eye on a new car and have made logical arguments for why you need it and how it would benefit your life. Problem is, you can’t afford it.
You’ve had your eye on a new car and have made logical arguments for why you need it and how it would benefit your life. Problem is, you can’t afford it.
 
I’ve been following the analysis by pundits, partisans and pollsters about the recent November elections, especially the gubernatorial races in neighboring Virginia and New Jersey.

Trust

 
I’ve been following the analysis by pundits, partisans and pollsters about the recent November elections, especially the gubernatorial races in neighboring Virginia and New Jersey.
 
When drawing congressional and legislative district maps, can we be assured of fair and impartial elections just because lawmakers didn’t use racial or partisan factors in drawing districts?
When drawing congressional and legislative district maps, can we be assured of fair and impartial elections just because lawmakers didn’t use racial or partisan factors in drawing districts?
 
Not since 1942, when women flooded into the workplace in support of the war effort, have we seen a worker revolution such as we are experiencing now.
Not since 1942, when women flooded into the workplace in support of the war effort, have we seen a worker revolution such as we are experiencing now.
 
unday afternoon was perfect for sitting outside, enjoying nature in the balmy weather. It reminded me of my younger days.
unday afternoon was perfect for sitting outside, enjoying nature in the balmy weather. It reminded me of my younger days.
 
While you and I were busy living our lives, doing our work, enjoying family and friends and also fighting COVID, North Carolina was changing. Not so fast that most of us could tell, but definitive and measurable change just the same.
While you and I were busy living our lives, doing our work, enjoying family and friends and also fighting COVID, North Carolina was changing. Not so fast that most of us could tell, but definitive and measurable change just the same.
 
When our General Assembly convened January 13th for the 2021 session, they had two main tasks: passing a state budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1 and drawing new districts for congressional, legislative and local governments.
When our General Assembly convened January 13th for the 2021 session, they had two main tasks: passing a state budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1 and drawing new districts for congressional, legislative and local governments.
 
The North Carolina statutes regarding political parties can be found in (G.S 163-96(2)).
The North Carolina statutes regarding political parties can be found in (G.S 163-96(2)).
 
Sometimes I hate it when I’m right.
 
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